Berkshire communities can now adopt a red phone booth for just £ 1 – as BT leaves the English institution.
Over 375 iconic phone booths are up for grabs in the South East, including 12 in Berkshire.
Almost 7,000 boxes have been adopted to date and they have been turned into all kinds of creative community centers, including mini libraries, small history museums and defibrillator boxes.
The company has a lot to gain, including clubs in areas like Wokingham, Bracknell, Windsor, Maidenhead and West Berkshir e.
Red telephone boxes are distinctively English and have been around for almost a century. The hope is that people who adopt them will adapt them to useful things that are suitable for life in 2021, as mobile phones have reduced the need for pay phones.
BT says they will review all adoption requests, but some cannot be sold as the business may still need them.
You can only adopt a kiosk if you are a registered public body – such as a parish council – or by charities. Some people can buy boxes if they are on their own land. Electricity will continue to be supplied without change.
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Jon Pollock, BT Enterprise Unit Director for the South of England, said: “With most people now using cell phones, this has led to a huge drop in the number of calls made from pay phones. At the same time, mobile coverage has improved considerably in recent years thanks to investments in towers, especially in rural areas.
“We are currently rationalizing our public telephone fleet to make it fit for the future, and the ‘Adopt a Kiosk’ program allows local communities in the South East to keep their local phone booths, with a renewed focus for the community.
“Thousands of communities have already come up with a fantastic array of ideas for repurposing their beloved local phone booth. Applying is quick and easy and we’re always happy to talk to communities about adopting our phone booths. “
Here’s where you can adopt a phone booth in Berkshire:
- Outside the Post Office, The Parade, Silverdale Road, Earley
- School Lane, Wargrave
- Venning Road, Arborfield
- Broad Street, Wokingham
- Outside Wokingham Town Hall, Market Place, Wokingham
- Hatch Drive, Wychwood Crescent, Earley
- Outside the Post Office, High Street, Hungerford
- Newbury Street, Lambourn
Windsor and Maidenhead:
- Behind the War Memorial, Holyport Street, Holyport, Maidenhead
- Coppermill Road, Wraysbury
- Bell Lane, Eton Wick, Windsor.